September 10, 2021


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

My name is Lila Amery-Sleiman and I am a certified residential interior designer in the City of Edmonton, specializing in home staging, remodelling, renovations and new home builds. I have been an interior designer for 6 years now. - Lila

When did you start your business? Was there something/someone that inspired you? I started my business 6 years ago as I was feeling like I needed a change. I was previously a mortgage broker and realized that was not the career path I wanted to continue with. I’ve always had a passion and love for design, which encouraged me to take a step towards it.

During this time, my husband and I had decided to build a new home so I knew this would benefit us. I decided to enrol in an interior design course. After completing the course, I started my business in interior design.

I gained a lot of experience building our own homes, helping out family and friends with their homes, and that motivated me to take on clients such as local home builders.


Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?
After over 6 years in this industry, I believe there is always room to grow. During this time, I believe that my short term goals have been reached. I’ve gained a lot of experience, but I do hope I can achieve my long term goals like starting up a home design studio!

What are the ups & downs when dealing with the Arab community?
The Arab community is a great one. I always feel very supported and encouraged to keep going and do better. I also find this community to be very supportive towards women in business!


What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

The one thing I would have changed if I could do it over again, would be to have studied design earlier in life. However, I’m a strong believer in things happening when they’re meant to happen for us.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?
Covid was and still is a challenge for many businesses unfortunately. For me, the biggest challenge I encountered was the shutdowns of stores, and the delays in shipments and deliveries on product.

What usually took 5-7 days to arrive took 3-4 months. Another challenge was the kids being home from school. That was difficult for me and so many parents, but again everything happens when it’s meant to and for a reason.

In the end, I’m grateful and blessed to be self employed, with a flexible schedule that allowed me to be home with them and kept them safe and healthy.


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